The Norman Transcript


June 17, 2013

Stability atop the NBA



The tranquility, and volatility, seems to trickle down to the players. Before coming to the Heat three years ago, Chris Bosh spent seven seasons in Toronto. He played for three different coaches and five different general managers in that time and only made the playoffs twice.

“I’ve been a part of organizations where the GMs and coaches have been like musical chairs,” Bosh said. “It’s hard to get stability. The players are in and out. Here it’s comforting to know you can work with the same people and get to know the same people.”

If there was any team that could be tempted to bow to public pressure it is the Heat. Playing under a white-hot spotlight ever since LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Bosh teamed up in the summer of 2010 has brought unparalleled scrutiny. Spoelstra was deemed by some not experienced enough to coach such a star-laden roster, and Bosh has heard calls for him to be traded for two years.

The Heat ignored all of that and now find themselves in their third straight finals, two victories away from their second straight championship.

“When people don’t see success right away, they just want to fire everybody and trade everybody and move on from there,” Bosh said. “It takes patience. I think a lot of people up top understand that. The coaching staff understands that. I think now we’re in a position to really be successful, hopefully, for a while.”


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